DES MOINES, Wash. - Six people were shot, three fatally, in a fight that spiraled out of control at a Des Moines bar.
Police received several calls of a shooting at La Familia Sports Pub and Lounge early Sunday morning, located near Pacific Hwy S. and Ken Des Moines Road. When officers arrived, they found several people with gunshot wounds, and they rendered aid as quickly as possible.
Authorities have confirmed six people were shot, three of whom died. As of Monday, two of the injured people were released from the hospital, and the third is in stable condition.
An initial investigation suggests a fight broke out between two people in the bar. Others got involved and the fight spilled out into the parking lot. Police say ‘involved parties’ got into two vehicles and started driving away, shooting into the crowd of people.
"We’ve identified three different rounds, so we’re assuming three shooters, but we’re not 100 percent sure yet. We know two vehicles and it sounds like shots were fired from both those vehicles," said Sergeant Scott Oak of Des Moines PD's Special Investigations Unit. "Violence in South King County right now is crazy. Our resources are spread thin. We're short staffed so this sort of thing seems like it’s all too common."
Detectives are still interviewing witnesses and following up on tips.
Gorge Carmona lives down the hill from the bar and ran over once he heard gun shots. "People running and screaming, so I decided not to get closer because I wasn’t sure if the shooter was still here. So I just went back to my house to get my family safe," he said, "I was pretty worried because I live in a trailer down there and, you know, if there’s a missing bullet it can go through all the walls and everything. I got my kids and my family."
Anyone with information on the shooting or suspects is urged to call the Des Moines Police Department at (206) 878-3301. Alternatively, you can reach out to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound and may be eligible for a cash reward for tips that lead to an arrest of suspects.
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